Celebration! by Barbara Chandler

Pitfield London,
31-35 Pitfield Street, N1 6HB
(off Old Street; 020 7490 6852; www.pitfieldlondon.co.uk; five minutes from Old Street tube station.)
Daily from 11am – 7pm

Opens 27th July 2012 and runs throughout August

Celebration! is an exhibition of new photographs (2011-2012) by Barbara Chandler, author of the best-selling book of photographs titled Love London. It is at Pitfield London, which opened in December 2011, an eclectic gallery, shop and restaurant owned and curated by textile designer Paul Brewster and interior designer Shaun Clarkson. They sell beautiful exclusive design for the home, much of it vintage, sourced from all over the country, and their gallery space fosters London talent.

 Celebration!  is a collection of new work mostly taken this year and last, out on the streets and in the parks and on the riverbanks of London, when flags were flying, the bunting was out, and people waited patiently to see processions, pageants and performers, and celebrated with picnics, music and dance. Photographs also celebrate London’s fashion, carnivals, street musicians and entertainers, and the general capacity of Londoners to have a good time in their own and sometimes a little eccentric fashion. It’s an uplifting energising feel-good show.

Focal point, and running the whole width of the rear wall, is a spectacular photo-mural taken recently in Shoreditch, with graffiti, signed by East London Bare Bones artists, with a huge red slogan that proclaims God Help the Queen. Elsewhere, are 22 large prints – from a post-pageant rave-up in Battersea Park to spectators at the Royal Wedding. Also celebrated are the Notting Hill Carnival, London’s street musicians, London Fashion Week, the flags of competing nations along Regent Street, and the positivity of the post-riot Peckham peace wall. There is even an alternative “torch” – the fiery player of a tuba emitting flames whilst entertaining crowds in Columbia Road flower market at Christmas.

Photographs are also presented on products designed in-house by Pitfield – silk cushions, bone china plates, a lampshade, chairs, postcards and teatowels.

The Union Jack with Big Ben. Westminster, London 2011. Photo: Barbara Chandler

 For more details

www.barbarachandler.co.uk  www.lovelondon.uk.com www.pitfieldlondon.co

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